Good Samaritans help NOPD make quick arrests in robbery

Published: Aug. 8, 2016 at 6:57 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2016 at 7:14 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After Good Samaritans chased the suspects and flagged down police, the NOPD quickly arrested two teenagers who allegedly robbed two women at gunpoint in Mid-City on Monday.

Detectives said the two women were robbed while walking to their car in the 300 block of Telemachus Street just after midnight. The victims said two armed black males walked up behind them and demanded their property. The women complied, and the suspects ran away.

The victims then flagged down a group of men in the area and asked for help. The men chased after the suspects but did not locate them. They did, however, locate a police officer and told the officer which way the perpetrators ran.

First District officers, along with Mid-City Security District officers, set up a perimeter in the area and quickly apprehended 17-year-old Jamal Harris, who was hiding behind a house in the 200 block of  South Cortez Street.

The second suspect, a 15-year-old, was apprehended between two houses at South Cortez and Palmyra Street.  Police also found the victims' purses in the area.

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